A Photographic Essay by Beth Bridgers Johns
Spring is such an enlivening time of year! Observing and photographing wildlife in the Spring is especially fun and heart-warming with animal parents caring for their adorable young. I’m sharing three series of photographs from my springtime experiences on and around Whidbey Island.
Newborn Blacktail Fawn
This sweet fawn was born on April 28th in my backyard on Whidbey Island and the photographs show its first wobbly steps and the doting care of its beautiful mother. Whidbey has a healthy population of Blacktail Deer, and they add to the sense of tranquility on this wonderful island.
These images can be ordered as prints or cards through Artworks Gallery.
Tufted Puffins on Smith and Protection Islands
Tufted Puffins can be seen in the waters around these islands beginning in June. They come to breed and build their nests in burrows dug up to 5’ deep into the cliffsides. They hatch their eggs and raise their young, teaching them to swim and fish, during the summer. Then they are off to spend the rest of the year living at sea in the Pacific Ocean. The young birds return to land only when they are 3 years old to breed on the nesting cliff where they hatched.
“Here’s Looking at You” and “Stretching Wings” are available as 12” x 8” prints on canvas through Artworks Gallery or the online store.
The Red Foxes of San Juan Island
Decades ago, San Juan Island imported Red Foxes to help control the wild rabbit population on the island. They have thrived due to the abundant food supply and lack of predators. When the kits are born in the spring, they are a joy to behold!
The series of 10 images is available as a set of boxed cards. The print “Beautiful Vixen” is available as an 18” x 12” print on metal through Artworks Gallery or the online store.
Artworks Gallery is featuring artists Judith Burns and Gaylen Whiteman for the month of August. A Second Saturday reception will be held at the gallery August 11th from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. There will be light snacks and beverages and live music by guitarist Quinn Fitzpatrick. Artworks Gallery artists will be on hand to greet visitors during the reception.
Burns, who works in acrylics and mixed media, is featuring an exhibit inspired by Music, Art and Literature. The collection is titled, “A Civilization is remembered by its Culture”. Judith says she enjoys recreating places she has visited for performances.
Gaylen paints in watercolors, oils and acrylics, and is presenting her images of animals and sunsets. She calls her exhibit “All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small.” Gaylen says “When you look at my art, I hope you are inspired to wonder, contemplate and appreciate life.”
Our artists share their experiences and inspiration with you here. Comments and questions are welcomed!
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